Maike Valcarcel was born in Germany into a family of artists. She studied jewellery design and manufacture in Pforzheim and Heidelberg.

In 1993 Maike moved to South Africa to live and work in Johannesburg and later relocated to Cape Town.

Currently Maike has a studio and workshop in Hout Bay, Cape Town where she meets with clients, designs, manufactures and sells her unique brand of jewellery.

Studio and workshop

Inspired by ancient techniques I develop my own way of implementing them.

Kuem Boo (a traditional Korean technique), granulation, chasing and repoussage are just a few of the techniques that have been around for thousands of years and can still be used in modern and contemporary jewellery.

I like to combine the old and the new, the precious and the ordinary, diamonds with pebbles, gold with glass and silver with felt.

The fusion of silver and fine gold and the way of mixing colours in an unexpected fashion makes my jewellery lively and unique.

Inspiration

I draw my inspirations from the people of the world, my surroundings and my travels, which took me to many parts of the world of which the African continent intrigues me the most. Ancient and Ethnic jewellery encourage me to experiment with old techniques yet to create something new and unexpected.

My aim is to make jewellery that underlines your personality and enhances your individuality. It is sophisticated yet mischievous and dares to be different.

I want you to have as much fun wearing my jewellery as I have creating it.

Awards

Riches of Africa 2001
Overall winner in the professional category

Riches of Africa 2004
Finalist in the professional category